Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based in Seattle that sells handcrafted artisan Japanese knives. Our knives, the Sakai Takayuki brand, are manufactured by our family, blacksmiths, and other master craftsmen in Osaka.
Our passion for the history and traditions of the Japanese knife-making process inspired us to start Hasu-Seizo. We want to educate our customers about the various Japanese knife types and why they're so unique. Our online Japanese knife store has the best kitchen knives to help you achieve your full potential in the kitchen.
There are several ways to distinguish a Japanese knife from a Western-style knife. Generally speaking, Japanese knives are lighter and feel more balanced when you're holding them. They're made of stainless steel or a type of high-carbon steel called Yasugi hagane, which is hand-forged by professionals to be harder and thinner. Additionally, traditional Japanese kitchen knives are single bevel while the Western style knives are double bevel. These qualities make them well-suited to precise tasks.
The Japanese knife-making process has a rich history that can be traced back to the Sengoku period (1467-1568 CE) with the perfection of the katana. It's a complex art that has been passed down through generations through hard work and apprenticeship.
There are many types of Japanese knives, each of which is optimized for a specific purpose. Gyuto chef knives, for example, are average-sized knives ideal for a wide variety of kitchen tasks such as slicing meat and larger vegetables. Nakiri knives, recognizable by their rectangular blade, are razor-sharp, making them well-suited to cutting vegetables and herbs.
We carry a diverse array of knife collections at our Japanese knife online store. This includes petty utility knives, Deba butchery knives, versatile Santoku knives, and much more. We recommend browsing our inventory to find the right knife or Japanese knife set for your needs.
Before purchasing a Japanese knife, you should first identify what tasks you intend to use that knife for. This will save you from accidentally buying a butchery knife when you primarily prepare vegetables or herbs and a Japanese vegetable knife like the Nakiri would best serve your needs.
We recommend reading the product descriptions on our website to determine which knife is best suited to you or our Knife Buying Guide. If you're still unsure, we encourage you to contact our helpful staff for guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
Japanese knives require daily attention to maintain their incredibly high performance. Their performance can even improve over time, so long as the owner cares for them properly. You can protect the delicate blade of your Japanese knife by using them with a wooden end grain board rather than marble, glass, steel, or bamboo boards.
Your Japanese knife should also be hand-washed immediately after being used with a mild detergent. Once you've dried it with a cloth, be sure to store it in an area that's cool and dry. When possible storing your Japanese kitchen knives in a knife protector or saya (sheath) will extend the life of your blades as well.
Japanese knives, if used regularly, should be professionally sharpened once or twice a year. Honing the knives can be performed prior to each use to ensure clean slicing but is not necessary for most home use.
If you opt for sharpening your own knives, we would advise against steel honing rods. Japanese knives should be sharpened at an angle of about 10-20 degrees using a whetstone. For more detailed information, see our Knife Maintenance Guide.
If you don't feel confident about taking on this task yourself, we encourage you to opt for a professional's services.
Buying online has come a long way recently but we understand the challenges. We are here to help you make the best choice possible.
Don't see your question answered in the FAQs above? If you'd like to learn more about our Japanese knife shop online, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
We automatically provide you email or text updates (depending on your preference at checkout) when the order has been processed and the tracking information is available.
Have other questions about the process, check out our Order Information page.
We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. However, we know online purchases can be a little tricky and do allow returns (with a few stipulations). Check out or Return Policy & Warranty page for more information.
We first discovered these wonderful knives at the Northwest Flower and Garden Exhibition. They have proven to be so wonderful, we decided that they would make an outstanding gift for family members. Great quality and they retain the sharpness with minimal care.
love it !
Gave it as a gift. They loved it 😁
This isn’t the most high-end knife roll, and that shows, but it is a great deal for the price. I have four knives ranging from 4” to 7.5”, and they all fit well. The roll is a little stiff at first, but softened up after a wash and some unrolling/re-rolling. You kinda have to break it in like a baseball glove.
Bottom line is that if you want a decent knife roll that doesn’t cost as much as a nice knife, this is a great option.
It is beautiful. The craftsman work shows. And it is absolutely beyond a doubt the best knife I have ever known. Feels like I am cutting through nothing when I am cutting vegetables or fish. I can not recommend it enough.
High quality, a pleasure to use.
I recently purchased two knives. Let me first begin by saying that I am more than satisfied with my purchases. The knifes are sharp enough to shave the beard of Zeus. As beautiful as the sunrise over Sri Lanka. Lighter than a unicorn feather, and as tough as the forehead of Hercules.
After a bit of research I was able to determine that the steel used for these two particular knives are a mix of the same steel used to make Excalibur and from the shield of none other than Captain America. I'm all but sure these bad boys would easily cut through the claws of wolverine.
All kidding aside, EXCELLENT QUALITY!
I was also a HUGE fan of the super cute hand written note by Midori. So if her boss happens to see this, give her a raise and a promotion. Possibly an office with a window view. That's up to you, But a crisp high five and a raise at the very least.
My only complaint is that there was only one super cute band aid and we ordered two knives. That resulted in my sous chef and I tying our hands together and knife fighting to the death like in the Michael Jackson video.
Now I own two knives and one band aid.
Bottom Line, I look forward to purchasing more from you in the future.
I bought this dual-sided water sharpening stone because all my various sharpening stones are out-of-the-country and not accessible to me; I needed a minimalist and simple solution for sharpening kitchen and utility knives better than the typical kitchen store gizmos. This set absolutely met my expectations, at what seems like a very reasonable price - it allows me to take pride in the sharpening process.
My second purchase from Hasu-Seizo of an Aogami Super Blue knife, and this one for my wife. She absolutely loves it and I've weaned her off of her favorite Global kitchen knife. I even purchased a Suheiro "Snow White" stone to put a razor edge on both of my Aogami knifes - and am sure I will add a sushi knife to my collection. I have not needed the band-aids you sent with the knives, Midori, but greatly appreciate the kindness! George
Picked up this during a promotion. Beautifully made, perfect balance and great feel. Sharp out of the box and stayed sharp so far after 4 weeks. Bought a second one for my dad as well.
The product speaks for itself - I got a beautifully crafted Super Aogami kitchen knife, and a very sweet note from one of the owners along with a band-aid with her hopes that I would not need to use it! I used the knife last night to trim then slice a Picanha roast, and it was a pleasure. Shipping was fast, communications superb.
This is my latest purchase
I love it. Perfect weight and size for slicing or cutting up meat. This is a step above a regular chef’s knife
Wow! What a wonderful grater and company! I could not imagine what would result, when putting a single sheet of parchment over a grater. Amazingly, the thin grating blades poke through and hold the parchment in place. I used a light, circular motion for both ginger and garlic. Each transformed into a creamy consistency sitting on top of the parchment. It was easy, and relatively fast.
Midori translated the information on the packaging from Japanese to English. I am so appreciative! I now look forward to using the Oroshgane with horseradish, carrots, tomatoes and apples!
This santoku knife is absolutely stunning, not only in performance but also Beauty, and craftsmanship. On top of that, I couldn't have been happier to find this website after spending countless hours researching. In a market so saturated I was paranoid of purchasing a knife that may not be genuine. Hasu-seizo put all that concern to rest with their transparency, and we'll explained relationship with the knife manufacturer. I received my order very timely, a day before the estimated arival date. I loved the hand written note that came with my knife as it made me feel even more confident in the legitimacy of the company. Hasu-seizo truly goes above and beyond to make a happy customer and i will be collecting all my knifes from them from now on.